News

24th Mar

Appointments

Appointments

 

We are having to make changes daily and the decision we have made along with a number of Dorset practices is that we will whenever possible be moving all appointments already arranged and any future ones over to telephone consultations including triage and if after discussing with a clinician they need to see you for assessment they will make the necessary arrangements for that. This keeps our patients and staff safe and well for longer.

If you have an appointment arranged, please do not attend the surgery before contacting us.

Whenever possible contact us via email prescription.lyme@dorset.co.uk or administrator.lyme@dorset.co.uk
or via an online forms from our practice website

 

24th Mar

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice in your region:

England | Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland | Ireland

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

For information on:

14th Mar

Please note: Our appointment system has changed short term

Appointments - 

As practice we will be offering telephone consultations where appropriate instead of face to face consultations for all future same day and pre-booked appointments.

We are trying to minimise the risk to our patients and staff by reducing the need for patients having to come to the surgery.

ANY patient that needs to be seen and not showing signs of Coronavirus will STILL be seen face to face.

Please contact the surgery on 01297 445777 if you have an appointments booked in the future that you feel can be discussed over the telephone rather than face to face and we will arrange the doctor or nurse to call you around your pre-booked appointment instead.

 

14th Mar

Coronavirus

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read the advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What's the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone

5th Mar

Coronavirus Update

 

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at

https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What's the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean 

Advice for people returning to the UK and travellers to the UK

You may need to get medical advice if you've recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.

These places are:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

If you've been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

Use the 111 coronavirus service

 Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone

 

11th Feb

Coronavirus

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Advice for travellers

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised UK nationals to leave China where possible. If the situation continues to escalate the pressure on the Chinese health system may intensify, and it may also become harder for people to travel.

This change does not affect our advice for those returning from Wuhan or mainland China.

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

 Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

What this means in practice

We are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

Where possible, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Transport

You should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after your return from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms).

Getting food and medicine

We recommend that you stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms), and avoid public places. Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands on your behalf.

Taking children to school

We recommend that you stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms), and avoid public places. Where possible, contact a friend or family member to take your children to school.

Why the advice has changed

This is an evolving situation and the advice has changed based on emerging information from China about the number of cases and spread of the infection from person to person.

This is a highly precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of infection.

3rd Feb

Dorset and Wiltshire AAA Screening Programme

 

The Dorset and Wiltshire National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme invites all men registered with a GP for a screening in the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or treated for an AAA can request screening.

The Process will:

  • Identify aneurysms that need monitoring
  • Discover aneurysms that could rupture, enabling treatment to be offered
  • Reassure men who don't have an aneurysm.
  • An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is used to detect AAAs. The scan is carried out by a screener who is specially trained to work within the NHS AAA Screening Programme. The scan itself is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results are provided straight away.

The result

There are three possible results from the scan:

  1. Normal A normal result means that the aorta is not enlarged (there is no aneurysm). Most men have a normal result. No treatment or monitoring is needed afterwards. We will not invite you for AAA screening again.
  2. Small aneurysm found If we find a small aneurysm this means that the aorta is a little wider than normal. We invite men with a small aneurysm back for regular scans to check whether the aorta is getting bigger.
  3. Large aneurysm found If we find a large aneurysm this means that the aorta is much wider than normal. Only about 1 in 100 men who are screened have a large aneurysm. We give men with a large aneurysm an appointment with a specialist team to have more scans and to talk about possible treatment, usually an operation.

 

Telephone: 01722 336262 Ext 2640 or 2539

Email: salibury.aaa@nhs.net

31st Jan

Health Champions

 

What are Health Champions?

Health Champions are a volunteer, non-medical service provided by local people for local people, with the aim of working together to make healthier people and communities. Social support and connection is much needed within communities. It can help people to cope with long term health conditions, to combat loneliness or deal with bereavement, or simply feel more confident and happier. Helping each other to live fuller lives.

Practice Champions welcome the opportunity to help, in the ways we can, to bring people together and connect through shared interests and hobbies. Whether it be a sport, arts & crafts, social get togethers or home visits for a chat ... even bingo, poetry or gardening.

 

They are available at Lyme Regis Medical Centre every Tuesday & Friday from 10 - 12pm 

 

Do Come along & say hello! You never know........you might find might find a new hobby of friend.

 

 

29th Jan

Protected Learning Time

Lyme Bay Medical Practice will be closed on Wednesday 29th January 2020 from 3.30pm for Protected Learning Time

We re-open at 8am on Thursday 30th January at 8am

Please note: There will be no access to the medical reception during this time but the dental department will be open as usual

Should you require medical assistance during this time PLEASE CALL 111

or in a life threatening situation PLEASE CALL 999

28th Jan

Congratulations Louise

We are pleased to announce that Louise has passed further exams and is now a fully qualified Nurse Practitioner.

 

18th Jun 2019

Patients Travelling Abroad – Prescriptions & Advice

Prescriptions for patients traveling out of the country

By law, the NHS ceases to have responsibility for the medical care of patients when they leave the UK.  People traveling within Europe are advised to carry an authorised European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) at all times and this gives entitlement to reduced cost (and sometimes free) medical treatment.   Patients should be advised to check specific entitlements prior to travel.

For patients who will be out of the country for less than 3 months, it is reasonable to provide sufficient medicines for an existing condition (i.e. asthma, diabetes).

For patients leaving the country for more than 3 months, they should be advised to register with a local doctor for their continuing medical needs.  It is reasonable for GPs to provide sufficient medication to give patients time to do this.

The NHS accepts responsibility for supplying ongoing medication for temporary periods abroad of up to 3 months. If a person is going to be abroad for more than three months then all that the patient is entitled to at NHS expense is a sufficient supply of his/her regular medication in order to get to their destination, where they should then find an alternative supply of that medication. You may be committing fraud in prescribing to patients that are leaving the UK – please note this information carefully. The patients location is not an issue and how the practice deal with this is not laid down contractually so it’s your decision as a practice. However, whatever you do decide must be consistent and non-discriminatory for all patients. It may be that your practice decides their policy is that if a patient, following triage, may need to be seen within a certain timeframe but cannot get to you that you can’t undertake this type of consultation but this would need to be a policy for all patients requesting this.

Your policy may be that you are prepared to offer advice to patients who are purely on holiday for a short period. However, those patients who have moved to reside abroad or are away for a period of 3 months or more should be removed from your patient list.

Under a GMS contract the practice is obliged to make an assessment and then take appropriate action based on that assessment and therefore the practice could triage calls from wherever a patient is.

Advice for patients whilst abroad

As GPs you do need to be aware of your responsibilities in signing FP10’s for patients’ travelling abroad, i.e.. the resultant monitoring and treatment of the patient’s condition and any adverse effects of doing so.

GPs are not required by their Terms of Service to provide prescriptions for the treatment of a condition that is not present and may arise while the patient is abroad.  Persons who have left the UK, or who are intending to leave the UK, for more than 3 months are not normally allowed to continue to be registered with a practice.

18th Jun 2019

Update from CCG

Update from Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group:

Changes to primary medical care and community health services in Lyme Regis

Towards the end of 2018 we (NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group) held an event to inform people living in and around Lyme Regis about changes to primary medical care and community health services in Lyme Regis Medical Centre (LRMC).

We recognise that a number of people were expecting an update sooner in the year and would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their patience.

Primary Medical Services

From 1st June 2019 the Lyme Regis Medical Centre and the Lyme Bay Medical Practice will join together as a single Practice, led by Dr Forbes Watson. The intention is for GP and nurse services currently provided at LRMC to continue, in the same building. The only difference will be that, instead of being employees of Virgin Care, the doctors and nurses will be employed directly by this single local Practice, while the two separate patient lists will become one list registered with this Practice.

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Virgin Care and Dr Watson are working closely to ensure a seamless coming together of services. Staff across LRMC and Lyme Bay Medical Centre will now be working together to shape services going forward following a LRMC staff event on 5th March 2019.

Plans are progressing well and we are confident that this will result in a smooth transition for patient care.

18th Jun 2019

Q & A’s – Lyme Bay Medical Practice

We continue to work very hard to shape the new Lyme Bay Medical Practice and are aiming for a smooth transition on June 1st.Staff have been very engaged in the process and worked closely with me and Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, who will be providing community services. You will find below responses to a number of questions we have received through the consultation events, Patient Participation Groups and Lyme Forward. I hope you find these helpful and we would plan to continue to keep you updated as much as possible. If however you do have further questions then please contact the Practice directly.

I believe this to be a very positive change for Lyme Regis and hope that we can build on the strong foundation that already exists to address the healthcare needs of you and your loved ones.

Frequently Asked Questions – Lyme Bay Medical Practice

Q: When will the two practices combine?
A: 1st June 2019

Q: What is the name of the new combined practice?
A: Lyme Bay Medical Practice

Q: Will you still have the same phone number/fax number/email?
A: Yes-all contact details will stay the same but we will have a new website

Q: Will both buildings be used as it is at present and in the long run?
A: Both buildings will continue to be used.

Q: Will there be changes made to the way I book appointments & can I still request a home visit?
A: Appointments can be booked in the usual way by telephone or electronically. Home Visits will be available however we will always ask you to attend the surgery if possible as we can offer more care there.

Q: Will the opening hours stay the same at both sites? Will these be extended and will there still be Saturday morning surgery?
A: The opening hours will be 8am – 6.30pm Monday – Friday. There will be a nurse led minor injury and illness service on a Saturday. There is access to GP delivered services at Bridport Community Hospital from 6-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

Q: How will the triage system work?
A: You will be asked if willing to give the receptionist some background to your complaint. This is to give us a better opportunity to assess your need.You are than likely to receive call-back from a Nurse Practitioner who will assess and advise according to need

Q: Will it make it harder for me to book an appointment with a GP/nurse?
A: No, it should be easier as we will have more appointments available.

Q: Will I still be able to make an appointment to see my usual doctor/ nurse and will this be at my usual surgery?
A: Provided your usual doctor/nurse is available you will be able to make an appointment to see them. You will be told where that is when you book

Q: Will patient information be on the same database and accessible to all clinicians at all sites?
A: The practice has a single computer system where all patient information is held and all qualified healthcare professionals have access.

Q: How will the new arrangement benefit GPs, Nurses and Practice staff at the practice?
A: There will be an increase of total number of appointments available and a tried and tested triage system so you see the most appropriate person for your need.

Q: Will any service that is currently offered by my usual surgery be removed or stopped and how will you make sure there is no reduction in the quality of services that is provided?
A: There are no plans to stop any current services. We constantly monitor the quality of our services and are externally inspected. There are also several ways through which patients can give feedback.

Q: Will you be able to provide any new services to patients and what service may improve?
A: We are planning to provide new services, details of which will be shared when available. One example is a new Consultant Led Paediatric Clinic starting in July.

Q: Will there be any changes to how I access the GP out of hour’s service/MIU?
A: There will be no change to how the Out of Hours Service is accessed. MIU will offer a minor illness service in addition to minor injuries. We would encourage patients to telephone first so we can triage their need.

Q: Will I still be able to access community services?
A: Yes. These will be provided by Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust whowill provided more detailed information

Q: Will I still be able to drop my prescription/sample/letter/other item off to my usual Practice?
A: Yes - this will be available at both sites.

Q: Will the intended affect any treatment or medication I am currently receiving either at my usual surgery or any hospital and will I still have access to RD & E & DCH in the future?
A: No

Q: I currently use the online appointment booking/medication ordering system, will this still work?
A: Yes - we would like to encourage use of this wherever possible and will be looking to expand it.

Q: Will there be one patient participation group (PPG)?
A: Yes - this is presently being progressed

Q: I have further questions I would like to ask and/or comments I would like to make. How do I do this?
A: Please contact reception at either site or use the ‘contact us’ link on the website.

18th Jun 2019

Practice Update - 1 June 2019

On 1st June 2019 Lyme Regis Medical Centre and Lyme Bay Medical Practice joined together as a single Practice, led by Dr Forbes Watson. The intention is for GP and nurse services currently provided at LRMC to continue, in the same building as well as at Kent House.